Swedish Massage: A Fascinating History and Science-Backed Benefits

Swedish massage, a fascinating history

What is the history of Swedish massage?

Swedish massage is a massage technique developed in the 19th century by the Swedish physiotherapist Per Henrik Ling.

Passionate about martial arts and gymnastics, Ling was nonetheless a child with fragile health. In order to improve his physical condition, he began testing various techniques related to his two passions at a very young age.

In 1799, Ling enrolled at Uppsala University to study medicine and philosophy. Particularly interested in anatomy and physiology, he developed an approach to therapeutic gymnastics based on the natural movements of the human body. Ling then combined this method with massage techniques to create a comprehensive approach to health and well-being. In 1813, Ling was appointed director of the Royal Gymnastics Institute, where he taught his program of massage and gymnastics until his death. Over the years, the method was enriched with stretches and joint manipulations aimed at improving flexibility and mobility. Collaboration with many doctors and physiotherapists allowed Ling to integrate his protocol into medical care.

Over time, Ling's method became known as "Swedish massage".

What are the benefits of Swedish massage?

Introduced to the United States in the early 20th century, Swedish massage has gradually become very popular. It is now practiced on a massage table with oil to help the therapist's hands slide easily over the skin. The benefits of Swedish massage have been highlighted by numerous scientific studies. Friction, kneading, pressure, and percussion movements can help:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Relieve muscle and joint pain
  • Promote blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Improve joint flexibility and mobility

Swedish massage can also help maintain good mental health by reducing symptoms of depression.

It is important to note that Swedish massage is not suitable for everyone due to the pressure applied to the muscles. It is therefore recommended to consult with your doctor or therapist before receiving a Swedish massage.

Swedish massage at Massage Concept

Whether you want to prepare for exertion, recover, or release tension, Massage Concept offers Swedish massage performed by an experienced masseur who listens to your needs. To benefit from it, do not hesitate to make an appointment at Massage-Concept Paris & Lyon. You can also discover our signature treatment: the "customized massage", a personalized protocol established based on an interview with the masseur about the tension points you want to relieve and the gestural approach that suits you.